Men's Lacrosse

Men's Lacrosse Senior Night Brings Hofstra To Town Saturday

April 17, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 12 [RV]/#20 Massachusetts (7-4, 1-2 CAA) vs. #12/11 Hofstra (9-3, 3-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
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 Series History Massachusetts leads, 21-17. Last meeting: Massachusetts 9, #20 Hofstra 8; April 20, 2013
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The Last Meeting
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April 20, 2013
Hempstead, N.Y.
Men's Lacrosse Rallies For 9-8 Win At #20 Hofstra
Trailing by four in the second quarter, UMass men's lacrosse used a second-half offensive surge to rally past No. 20 Hofstra, 9-8 at James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening. Senior attack Colin Fleming tallied the game-winning goal with six seconds to play on Will Manny's single-game career-high sixth assist of the night

Last Meeting: Massachusetts 9, #20 Hofstra 8; April 20, 2013
Trailing by four in the second quarter, UMass used a second-half offensive surge to rally past No. 20 Hofstra, 9-8 at James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Colin Fleming tallied the game-winning goal with six seconds to play on Will Manny's single-game career-high sixth assist of the night. Grant Whiteway led the squad with three goals while Fleming and Connor Mooney added a pair of tallies.

The UMass man-down defense kept Hofstra to just one goal in seven extra-man opportunities spanning 6:30 of game action. Zach Oliveri finished with 13 saves against eight goals for a .619 save percentage on the contest while Joe Calvello won 13-of-19 faceoffs and tied for the game high with five groundballs scooped up.

With 22 seconds remaining in the game and the scored tied at 8-8, the Minutemen caused a Hofstra turnover on a delay of game and cleared the play into the offensive zone. Following a timeout, Manny earned possession behind the cage and sent the play to Fleming in front, with Fleming firing a high attempt by goalie Chris Selva to push UMass ahead, 9-8 with time winding down in regulation.

The Minutemen looked to be headed toward their fourth consecutive loss at halftime as they trailed Hofstra, 6-3, but UMass rallied with three goals in the third and back-to-back tallies from Felming and Mooney to open scoring in the fourth and put the squad ahead, 8-7. Mooney scored with eight minutes, 47 seconds left in the game to give UMass the lead before defense from both sides took over to keep play scoreless for nearly seven minutes.

Brian von Bargen broke through for Hofstra on a pass from Lance Yapor to knot the contest at 8-8 with 1:52 remaining in regulation and necessitate Fleming's late charge.

Scouting Hofstra Men's Lacrosse
Since it dropped its opening two games of the season, Hofstra men's lacrosse has rebounded with nine wins over the previous 10 games to sport a 9-3 overall record and 3-0 mark in CAA play ahead of its matchup with the Minutemen. The No. 12 nationally ranked team, Hofstra's losses came at No. 10 Princeton, 12-10; against Marquette, 11-9 and versus St. John's in overtime, 11-10. The squad has key victories over No. 6 Cornell, 10-9 and No. 20 Drexel, 11-9, while the Pride also hold CAA wins against Towson, 9-7 and Delaware, 11-9.

Sam Llinares leads the squad and is tied with Penn State's Shane Sturgis for the top points total in the CAA with 41 earned on 16 goals and 25 assists. Four additional Hofstra players have accrued more than 20 points through 12 games played in 2014. Torin Varn is second on the team with 27 through 24 goals and a trio of assists. Drew Coholan adds 26 points to the attack (19 goals, seven assists) while Mike Malave and Korey Hendrickson own 21 apiece. As a unit, the offense has outscored Hofstra opponents, 117-104 on more shots, 420-364, including a greater number of on-target attempts, 242-212.

Chris Selva is in his second season as a starter in net and the junior from Parkland, Fla., holds an 8.55 goals against average and .510 save percentage through 722 minutes, 44 seconds of game action. The defense, led by Corey Caputo, Stephen Satterthwaite and Finn Sullivan has limited the opposition to 8.67 goals per game on 30.3 shots while forcing more turnovers, 67-59. The battle for groundballs has been nearly even over as foes hold a 337-334 advantage over Hofstra in the category, a difference of only 0.25 per game.

The Pride has won 52.5 percent of faceoffs due to the success of Kris Clarke, who has taken 258-of-261 and won 137 of them (53.1 percent). Clarke leads the team with 59 groundballs while long-pole midfielder Ryan Rielly follows with 40 to go with a team-best 18 caused turnovers.

All Home Contests Available On UMass All-Access
UMass men's lacrosse will have each of its six home games broadcast online through UMass All-Access, with Cody Chrusciel. A link will be accessible in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer can purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.

WMUA 91.1 FM To Broadcast Men's Lacrosse
All but one of the Massachusetts men's lacrosse contests during the 2014 campaign will be broadcast live on WMUA 91.1 FM. Fans can listen in through the FM radio station locally or catch the game via the online live streaming app, which is free of charge and linked in each game preview.

Two Decades Under The Influence
The 2014 season marks Greg Cannella's 20th season as the head coach of the men's lacrosse team. The University of Massachusetts graduate is 171-104 during his 19 completed seasons as the program leader and he stands as one of the longest tenured coaches in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse. In terms of total Division I experience, Cannella sits eighth while his 20 years in Amherst place him fifth in terms of head coaching tenures at current schools among the 63 head coaches in D-I.

Cannella has guided the Minutemen to many of the most successful seasons in program history since being named the head coach on Nov. 9, 1994. The Lynbrook, N.Y., native took the 2006 squad to the NCAA Championship Game and led UMass to the most single-season victories in program history (15) as well as the No. 1 national ranking during the 2012 season, which culminated in the most recent of the team's eight trips to the NCAA Tournament under Cannella.

Prior to taking over the reigns, Cannella served as an assistant coach in 1993 and 1994 while he played for the Maroon and White for two seasons in 1986 and 1987, giving him 24 total years donning the University of Massachusetts colors.

Pinpoint Accuracy
Junior defensive midfielder Brendan Schroeder has scored four career goals for the Minutemen through four shots attempted. He is the only active UMass men's lacrosse student-athlete with as many shots taken in his career to record a goal on each attempt.

Clearly Doing A Good Job
The Minutemen have performed nearly perfect on clears during the previous four games, combining to go 50-for-54 in the category in the process (92.3 percent). Overall this season, UMass is 12th nationally in clearing percentage (89.4) and has successfully completed at least 90.0 percent of its attempts in six games.

James Fahey Racks Up The Good Type Of Turnover
Through 11 games, James Fahey has 18 caused turnovers - the most among CAA close defensemen. Fourteen of those have come during the most recent five games after he only produced four through six contests. The 18 caused turnovers are a single-season personal-best for Fahey.

His 1.64 caused turnovers per game rank as the most in the CAA and the 23rd-highest total accrued on average among all NCAA Division I men's lacrosse student-athletes.

Hats Off To You
Connor Mooney and Grant Whiteway have shown penchants for scoring in bunches, resulting in a team-leading six hat tricks earned apiece. The offensive duo paces a quintet of Minutemen with at least one. Nick Mariano owns four in just 11 career games while Matt Whippen has two. Andrew Sokol rounds out the group with one.

Rolling With The Same Crew
UMass men's lacrosse has started the same 11 student-athletes at the same positions in each of the squad's 11 contests entering competition against No. 12 Hofstra on Saturday, April 19. They are the only team to maintain the same starting lineup for each game among all CAA programs.

The only other NCAA Division I men's lacrosse program to roll out the same 11 starters in each of its games through Sunday, April 13, is Bryant.

Overtime Results
In besting Penn State, 6-5 during overtime on March 31, 2007, UMass started an eight-game win streak when the contest is tied at the end of regulation. Overall, dating back to the 2006 season, the Minutemen have won 10 of 12 games requiring extra minutes, including its recent 12-11 OT win over No. 14 Ohio State at the Moe's Lacrosse Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 16, 2014.

Home Is Where The Heart Is
Garber Field has proven to be one of the toughest home field advantages in all of college lacrosse as UMass has posted a 77-25 record (75.5 win percentage) at Garber since the beginning of the 2001 season.

The squad has won at least four home games in 11 of the last 14 seasons, including a program-record 10 victories in 2003 and another nine wins in Amherst, Mass., during 2012.

Whiteway Joins The Seven Goals In A Game Group
Grant Whiteway's seven goals scored against Providence marked a single-game best for the junior, made him the only current Minuteman to notch as many in one game and put him only one from tying the program mark for the most scored in one contest.

The last Minuteman to have as many in one game was Will Manny when he netted seven at Army on Feb. 10, 2012 - marking a span of 34 games between the individual performances.

A trio of former men's lacrosse players are tied for the program record of eight goals. Larry Treadwell scored eight against Trinity on May 12, 1959, Tom Malone had as many versus New Hampshire on May 6, 1969 and Robert Codignatto scored eight times against Army on April 21, 1990.



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